Missouri City Church In Battle Over Removing ‘Colored’ From Name
Style Magazine Newswire | 10/12/2018, 12:10 p.m.
KHOU reports that St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Missouri was built after a property swap in the 1930s. An old agreement gives St. John perpetual use of the land along Oilfield Road as long as it remains home to the church. But, recently, St. John sued an heir of the original owner to try and gain permanent control. The church’s plans for the land include a replacement church building. But it’s now facing a counter-suit by the original owner’s heir who basically claims the church forfeited rights to the land when it changed its name by removing the word “colored.” The church was St. John Colored Baptist Church when it was founded by former slaves in 1969. So, this case could come down to the word “colored.”